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Water Quality Association offers PFAS resources
Certified in-home filtration shown to remove or reduce PFAS levels


LISLE, Ill. (Jan. 22, 2020) – The Water Quality Association (WQA) provides resources to help consumers understand the impact of PFAS in drinking water and how to successfully treat for these contaminants at the home or in a building.  A report released today by the Environmental Working Group indicates that many more Americans than previously estimated might be exposed to PFAS from contaminated drinking water.

WQA has not reviewed EWG’s report nor verified its conclusions.

Among the resources WQA offers is a document within WQA’s “Water Q&A” which offers an easy-to-understand overview of PFAS, how one might be exposed to these chemicals and how PFAS can be removed from drinking water.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known collectively as PFAS, are man-made chemicals found in such things as firefighting foams and stain-resistant, waterproof and nonstick coatings. Because they break down slowly, if at all, they have turned up in drinking water systems across the nation in varying levels.  Some individual states have begun regulating the chemicals.

In-home technologies such as reverse osmosis, carbon filtration and anion exchange have been independently tested and proven to be a successful final barrier to treat drinking water for PFAS. WQA’s website provides additional information on PFAS chemicals and product certification. 

Resources include a PFAS Fact Sheet and a chart on State PFAS regulations. PFAS is also listed among the common contaminants on WQA’s certified product listings.

 

WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. WQA’s education and professional certification programs have been providing industry-standardized training and credentialing since 1977.  The WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water since 1959. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

 

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